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Gravitational-wave detection count reaches 90
‘Mushballs’ might fall on the giant planets
Amateurs spot impact flash on Jupiter
IN BRIEF • Landing site selected for VIPER mission
Shredded star reveals elusive, middle-mass black hole
Southern celestial scenery
Your night sky guide for 2022 • There’ll be planetary pairings and oppositions, an occultation of Mars and a total lunar eclipse, plus many other celestial sights to delight astronomers this year.
ECLIPSES FOR 2022
THE SHORT, VIOLENT LIVES OF MAGNETARS • Neutron stars with extreme magnetic fields are behind some of the brightest outbursts in the Milky Way. Their story might reveal the answers to many cosmic mysteries.
HOW A MAGNETAR FLARES
Cosmic explosion hunters • Astronomers drop everything to look for flashes from gravitational-wave mergers, but often their searches turn up empty.
Remembering Henrietta Swan Leavitt • How one talented astronomer’s meticulous work left an important legacy.
APPRECIATION AND INSPIRATION
In the Twins’ toes
USING THE STAR CHART
Seeing the Seven Sisters • One of the sky’s finest open clusters has quite a tale to tell.
A rare Mars event begins the year • South-eastern Australia will see the Red Planet vanish behind the Moon.
All-night meteor show • Set your sights on the circumpolar Centaurids
Four comets to begin the year • Comets north and south, near and far, for southern observers.
The variable X factor • Comparison stars for magnitude estimates? That’s a bright idea.
The ever-changing Great Red Spot • Jupiter’s famous storm is the focus of a rich tradition of discovery by amateur astronomers.
Eye on Iris
Action at Jupiter
Choosing the best lenses for nightscapes • When nightscape photos fall short of your expectations, the problem could be the lens.
Astronomy for the people • A large government grant will see Port Macquarie acquire an Astronomical Science Centre the envy of much larger cities.
NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE
Understanding ISO • Producing high-quality astrophotos with a digital camera means understanding a few key parameters.
Life beyond Earth? • By century’s end, the author thinks we’ll have an answer to this question. But what kind of answer?
DayStar Filter’s SolaREDi SR-127 QT • We look at a premium 127-mm hydrogen-alpha solar telescope.
Bowling ball mounts • A closer look at an innovative spherical mount.
Amateur astronomers in action • With lockdowns eased, activities are beginning to ramp up again.
Nosing around NEOs • Your asteroid observations could provide space missions with valuable data.
Astrophotos from our readers
Savouring space and time • Despite its ravages, the pandemic gave many of us a pair of precious gifts.